15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + bus:  13​h 15​min
1
Onna-son
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Ise
— 1 night
train:  4​h 15​min
6
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo, and then contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, explore the historical opulence of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, then step into the grandiose world of Katsuren Castle Ruins, and finally stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Onna-son trip maker app .

Sydney, Australia to Onna-son is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. In December, Onna-son is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Nakijin Castle Ruins
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, then kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and finally take in the views from Kurima Bridge. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Miyakojima trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Miyakojima in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Onna-son in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Miyakojima, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Miyakojima in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Hiroshima, with highs around 13°C, while nights are colder with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

3
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Discover out-of-the-way places like Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Toji. Venture out of the city with trips to Dotonbori (in Osaka) and Nara Park (in Nara). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

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Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara Park, Dotonbori
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

1
night
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Shrine Geku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, then make a trip to Oharai-machi, then get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ise trip planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in January since evenings lows in Ise dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums
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Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Get some cultural insight at Minato Mirai 21 and Sensō-ji. For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Asakusa. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, take a stroll through Odaiba, make a trip to Takeshita Street, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo holiday builder website .

Getting from Ise to Tokyo by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Ise in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Tokyo, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Minato Mirai 21
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Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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